Last year, Christine and I discussed what she should wear for Halloween…
I told the one person that would get it about my brilliant Bat Out of Hell costume idea and he had a good laugh. I’m so tempted by the idea, but I don’t want to have to explain it all night long.
Anyway, there you have it.
For Halloween (or maybe just in general) I think you should knit a shirt where each of your arms is the trunk of an elephant (two elephants total) and then you should hang a sign around each of their “necks” saying Gerald, and then you could be Elephants Gerald all night.
(This is a punchline both Mark and Evan came up with independently)
I have illustrated the concept:
That is pretty freaking funny. I don’t know that I have the time to knit an entire elephant sweater before halloween, but I could probably come up with something. I do have a grey long sleeve shirt I almost never wear anymore… What else do you have?
I am pretty sure that I would never ever have come up with that ever, and yet you know two other people that did independently. Weird.
Carry a spear. Shake it at people.
“I’m Shakes spear.”
Wear a bathing suit, with a sign around your neck saying “one last time!”
“Once more unto the beach, my friends!”
Carry an oar and a dagger.
“Murder, she rowed.”
Dress as a lizard, but your tail has fallen off and you’re holding it in your hand. “Reptile dysfunction.”
Oh man those are all so good! I like them all so much! The swimsuit one is good, I may have to wear it over my clothes though…
What about an elaborate shiny rock costume with dreadlocks. “Dread Pyrite Roberts.”
Dress as a gnome who is wearing an impeccable new suit and man purse, and incidentally keeps excellent time. Metro-gnome.
hahaha. incidentally keeps excellent time. hahahaha. i could put my metronome in my pocket and just beep all evening in perfect time. i love it.
Ever since I was a small Katie Jane I have wanted a Magic Garden, which was advertised in various catalogues throughout my youth.
This, along with several other key items (a gold pendant that spelled my name in hieroglyphics; Samantha’s patent leather shoes) were things that I lusted over, but could never quite bear to part with my pocket money to buy. Instead I would page through catalogs day after day, dreaming of becoming a millionaire, while my weekly quarters amassed in a pink Little Twin Stars tin, untouched.
Anyway, a year or so ago we found the Magic Garden in a thrift shop. Unchanged in my miserliness after all these years, I couldn’t quite justify spending a whole dollar to achieve a life-long childhood dream, so Mark bought it for me as a present.
In March, I brought it along to Magical Weekend, a yearly excursion to the woods and snow. To my delight, everyone else was equally excited to set the thing up and watch it bloom. Moreover, it proved to be an activity that leant itself very well to a night of serious drinking, as the fiddly bit happened in the beginning, and then for the rest of the night one could wander away, forget all about it, then come across it in its new more growthful state to be amazed anew.
As for Paint, post-MW, I felt it only fitting to create this image:
P.S. “Magical garden” makes a great Google image search
Claire: I heard a rumor some people might be interested in snowshoeing… [Details about REI rental.]
KJ: Yeah! [Further details about REI rental.] I think I’m going to pick up a pair and do some tromping, if anyone feels like joining me!
Kerri: I’ve never done it but I’d be down for some snowshoe action!
Erin: I’m not sure how you nap in snowshoes.
KJ: Erin: see attached!
For the record, we did snowshoe and it was fantastic:
Claire and Kerri
turns out you can run in them!
I can bring my computer into meetings now.
I’ve been experimenting with fabric design over at Spoonflower.com, using Paint of course. If you know how fun it is designing anything in Paint, just think how fun it is trying to create a repeating pattern!
Here’s a few, created for the contests they hold every week:
“Swirl of Chicks”
(based on this original)
“Where do Pysansky Eggs Come From?”
“A Buncha Budgies”
Spoonflower has an entertaining function where they show what your stuff would look like as wallpaper:
We’re dropping like flies:
At first I thought the interesting thing about this was that “Margaret’s 90th” looks like “Margaret’s goth.”
But now that I think about it, maybe the interesting thing is that this bowling alley is selling or displaying mysterious beverages celebrating nonagenarians.
Suddenly patriotic to San Francisco, after all these years
AOL Time Warner did not cooperate
I woke up early Saturday morning to find this glorious bounty in my inbox, from my mother (responding to this post):
Yeah, I pretty much exploded and died of happiness on the spot. The top picture is of our current cat, Charlotte. The bottom picture was my best beloved Poe, who would definitely not have tolerated party pants.
Front and back cover of a recent New York Magazine:
From last summer: